- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 16, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE Travis Watson had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Roger Mason Jr. scored 25 points last night, helping to rally No. 10 Virginia to an 86-74 victory over No. 14 Wake Forest.
The Cavaliers (11-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), hit nine of their first 10 shots to open the second half, using a 24-14 run to open a 65-53 lead. Mason started the half with one of his seven 3-pointers, and Watson finished it with the second of his three three-point plays, all in the second half.
Wake Forest (13-4, 3-1), seeking its fifth consecutive ACC road victory dating to last season, couldn't contend with the barrage of three-point trips for the Cavaliers. Virginia hit four 3-pointers and had three three-point plays in the first 11:18 of the second half alone.
Watson had 14 points in the second half, Mason 11.
The Cavaliers led 77-63 after Mason's last 3-pointer with 4:21 to go, but the Demon Deacons scored the next eight points to make it interesting until Watson, Jermaine Harper and Chris Williams combined to five of six from the free throw line.
Williams added 14 points for Virginia, which ended a two-game losing streak to begin conference play Saturday by winning at North Carolina for only the second time in 17 attempts. Williams was 6-for-7 from the field.
Josh Howard led Wake Forest with 19 points and Broderick Hicks had 12. Darius Songaila had 11, six below his team-leading average.
Virginia erased a nine-point deficit over a span of 4:14 in the first half, holding Wake Forest scoreless while Mason hit consecutive 3-pointers, Williams scored on a drive and Watson hit a turnaround 8-footer.
The burst gave Virginia a 32-31 lead and began a back-and-forth duel in which the next eight baskets all produced lead changes, the last on Mason's shot clock-beating 3-pointer 4.8 seconds before halftime.
The Demon Deacons hit 11 of their first 17 shots, including four 3-pointers, and led 27-17 midway through the half before going cold.

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